If there’s a man in your life ailing from the sniffles, bedridden in the hospital, or recovering from surgery, we’ve got plenty of creative get well gifts for men that are not only useful but fun and inspiring.
Whether you’re in need of get well gift baskets, a DIY care package, or a simple but creative way to say get well soon, the sick man in your life will appreciate not only the gesture but the gift itself. Before you know it, he will be back on the road to health (and still enjoying the get well gifts you gave to him).
45 Best Get Well Gift Ideas For Men
These 45 unexpected and entertaining get well gift ideas for men are sure to encourage health and healing for your favorite guy.
Isner Mile Beard Kit for Men
Let the man in your life know you care enough not to let him look shaggy, even while in the hospital. The Isner Mile Beard Kit includes a straight razor, beard oil, a wild boar bristle brush, The Beard Bible ebook (an extensive guide to bearding), and more. This beard kit will help make your ailing guy’s beard feel like a million bucks, even when he doesn’t.
Operation Recovery Survival Kit
The Operation Recovery Survival Kit will lighten up any friend’s mood after surgery or during an illness. This gift offers a funny, literal approach to a list of the things he “needs” for recovery. These items include crayon “to put some color back in your cheeks” and a soldier figurine “to help you soldier on.” If the guy in recovery has a good sense of humor, he will appreciate your thinking outside the box.
Global Hot Sauce Gift Box
One of the most obvious get well gifts for men around, the Global Hot Sauce Gift Box is a lifesaver and a taste bud saver. Liven up the blandest hospital food with this addition of five different hot sauces from places varying from Virginia to Ethiopia. Your male patient will feel as if he’s been around the world while stuck in his hospital or sickbed. Peppers always swoop in to save the day.
Nintendo Game & Watch Super Mario Bros.
Whether he is home on a sick day or recovering from an accident or illness, any sick man (or boy) in his right mind will love having a Super Mario Bros. to pass the time. Older guys will treasure the nostalgia that this Nintendo hand-held device has, and younger boys will discover how much fun it is to play Super Mario Bros. for the first time.
Now Foods Lavender Essential Oil
Sometimes the best get well gift ideas for men are the simplest. Case in point, Now Foods’ Lavender Essential Oil. A trusted brand with a trusted scent that can help your guy get rid of the stress of illness, surgery, or being sick. Floral lavender is known for creating a sense of balance, soothing anxiety, and can even aid in sleep‒all things that any guy needs for healing.
Voss Botanicals Man Spa Gift Box
If a sick man you know is stuck at home, he can have a top spa experience with the Voss Botanicals Man Spa Gift Box. The box includes a sugar & sand scrub for tired skin, a muscle therapy balm for tender muscles, and more. Every item is crafted with a unique botanical scent that will elevate mood no matter what the ailment.
Microwave Rice Bag Heating Pad
What does a man do when he is recovering from surgery or at home with aches and pains? He can utilize heat and cold therapy with the Microwave Rice Bag Heating Pad. The set includes a neck wrap and medium-sized pad for larger areas like the lower back. The pads can be heated in the microwave or chilled in the freezer so he can heat or cool the pain away while on the mend.
Get Well, Curious George - by H A Rey
Nothing helps young people heal like a classic tale of Curious George. A terrific addition to a get well gift basket, Get Well, Curious George tells the story of Curious George, the monkey, who is ill and has to miss a play date while home recuperating. The book is for boys (and girls) aged 4-8 and is a sweet tale of how to navigate being sick with lighthearted humor and tenderness.
Earl Grey Tea and Texas Wildflower Honey Box
Making a nice cup of tea and honey for your sick loved one is a way to bring comfort while he heals. This tea set not only includes earl grey tea and wildflower honey but also extras like tiny chocolate chip cookies and a wooden honey dipper for loads of teatime fun.
Philips Norelco® Cordless Electric Shaver
Men tend to need to shave while in the hospital. Razors can be messy and this sick man may not be able to run to and from the bathroom regularly to shave. The Philip Norelco Cordless Electric Shaver is a great way to keep trim with a wet or dry shave and is gentle on his skin. He will walk out of the hospital looking better than he did on the way in. This is a great after surgery gift.
Shiatsu Back, Shoulder, And Neck Massager
Since you likely can’t give a personal massage therapist to the sick man in your life, give him the next best thing‒the Shiatsu back, shoulder, and neck massager. While many massagers are awkward and non-versatile, the Shiatsu Massager is multi-directional and includes various massage and heat settings. Your friend or loved one will thank you for easing him back into life post-hospital, surgery, or illness with his own personal massage companion.
Lightweight Double Camping Hammock
There is nothing worse than an outdoorsman who is struck down with illness or injury. Sometimes, the best get well gift idea for men is one that lifts their spirits and allows them to plan for tomorrow. Your favorite camper will love this Lightweight Double Camping Hammock, which is ideal for his first camping trip after recovery. He will be more than ready for a return to the great outdoors or his backyard to start.
Master Theorem Book Of Puzzles
Some guys learn a language when they are holed up at home or in the hospital. Some guys like to break codes. The Master Theorem Book Of Puzzles is for the codebreaker. He will pass the time brain deep in 40 theorem puzzles. Help your ailing boyfriend or family member exercise their mind with this challenging and well-designed way to pass the time.
The Strength In Our Scars Book
Often, the best get well gifts for men let them know that they have the strength to get through to the other side and need not do it alone. The Strength In Our Scars is a book that you can offer a friend in need so that he may pass the time with poetry, prose, and uplifting words. Learning to heal is a powerful thing, and you can do your part to get him there.
Gusta Gourmet Pasta Gift Basket
Being sick often means losing an appetite for a time (hospital food doesn’t help matters), so once any man feels better, he will want to fill his belly with delicious Mediterranean delights, namely pasta. The Gusta Gourmet Pasta Gift Basket contains all the pasta, olive oil, and Sicilian sauce he will need for a feast that says he’s “back.” Food really is the language of love, and pasta is the best language of all.
Brookstone® Sleep Sound Mixer
Sickness often interferes with a good night’s sleep. Here is a great way to help a sick guy get some rest? The Brookstone Sound Mixer is more than just a generic sleep machine. The attractive design is ideal for the man who loves the look of a real sound mixer. The sound mixer has eight different sounds that can be blended, along with several night light colors. Perfect for a peaceful sleep or a serene day. This can be helpful in a hospital setting where there are unusual sounds around.
Straight Outta Surgery Get Well Care Package
Comforts don’t come easy when an injury or surgery comes into any man’s life. Help guys get ready for a hospital discharge or a period of convalescence with the Straight Outta Surgery Get Well Care Package. A beautifully scented salve, lip balm, therapy dough, and lotion stick can also include extras like a scented sleep spray or a packet of chocolate. Handcrafted with care, your get well soon gift will score big points.
WUAI Onesie Men's Hooded Jumpsuit
You might have a sick friend who is stranded in bed or on the couch for days or weeks on end. Why should he get stressed out by having to choose a different outfit (almost) every day? You can provide him with a funny get well gift‒the WUAI Onesie. He can stay warm, comfortable, and getting dressed is easy. He may even wear it when he feels better.
Six Titles By H.G. Wells
When avid readers get sick, they need more than your average story to distract themselves from whatever they are currently ailing from, especially if they are immobile. Nothing will do the trick like these Six Titles By H.G. Wells, all in one gorgeous hardcover collection. Titles include The Island of Dr. Moreau, The Invisible Man, The War of the Worlds, and more. Only the father of science fiction can save him from boredom now.
Personalized Toiletry Bag for Men
There’s nothing worse than being stuck in the hospital after surgery with a drawer full of loose toiletries. You can be the hero that helps the man who needs a little organization. This personalized toiletry bag is constructed out of canvas and vegan leather. In addition to its attractive look, you can have it personalized. So no toiletry bag ever ends up in the hospital lost and found again.
Gourmet Get Well Cookie Gift Basket
Most people love cookies in get well gift baskets, but what if they received this gourmet gift basket with the two biggest and most delicious cookies around? Decorated humorously with an Rx prescription and a bottle of colorful pills, these get well cookies will put a smile on any sick man or boy’s face. After all, sweetness is the best remedy of all.
Ultrasonic Cool Mist Aromatherapy Diffuser
Aromatherapy has proven to be an important element in mood, healing, and general wellbeing. Help any man get healthy with an aromatherapy diffuser for his home. You can create a scented DIY gift basket by adding different essential oils, which he can add to the diffuser in order to experience the scented cool mist of his liking. His sense of balance and mood will end up healing, along with his body.
Melissa & Doug® Get Well Doctor's Kit Playset
Having surgery can be scary for a little boy. Help him prepare mentally for the challenge and offer lots of fun with the Melissa & Doug Get Well Doctor’s Kit Playset. A realistic way to create a doctor’s office for kids ages 3 and up. The kit includes a doctor’s ID badge and even magazines for the waiting room. You’ll make medical challenges less scary and create loads of fun in the meantime.
Dan The Sausageman's Klondike Gift Box
Dan The Sausageman’s Klondike Gift Box is not your average gift box. The gift box includes two varieties of Dan’s famous summer sausages and unique items like Dan’s sweet honey mustard and chocolate truffles. The meat lover you’re helping along to recovery will thank you if he can stop eating long enough to do so!
Nitro Cold Brew Coffee Maker
It can be boring at home when the man in your life is sick. It’s the little treats that make the time pass and can even bring about new hobbies. Coffee lovers everywhere may need the extra special touches of the Nitro Cold Brew Coffee Maker. Easy to use, the coffee can be prepared at night and produce a perfect Nitro Brew in the morning. There’s nothing like good coffee to help him feel better fast.
Vintage Candy Co. 1950's Retro Gift Box
Candy lovers everywhere will appreciate Vintage Candy Co.’s 1950’s Retro Gift Box. Not just any collection of candy, this humorous gift box contains all the vintage 1950’s sweet treats that will have their retro-loving hearts fluttering. This candy selection is also a great get well gift for boys in healing mode who wish to understand the magnificent history of candy. A fun way to feel better fast.
Dearfoams Shearling Clog Loafer Slippers
No one wants cold feet, especially when in the hospital for surgery or illness. A truly comforting get well gift idea for men, these Dearfoams slippers will keep his feet warm in bed or while moving around. Made from suede, shearling, and Australian sheepskin, these slippers will cradle your guy’s feet until he is ready to get walking again. He may just keep the slippers on anyway, though.
Broken Arm Get Well Bear
The Broken Arm Get Well Bear comes with (you guessed it) a broken arm in a cast. The cast and the bear himself are both soft, so your little guy can hold on tight for comfort. The bear’s broken arm is customizable, so his cast can be placed on either arm (or both) to match his fellow cast wearer. A sweet way to help little boys get past immobility with a friend.
Accouterments Emergency Underpants
He may laugh when you visit him in the hospital and hand him a pair of Accouterments Emergency Underpants. However, in the back of his mind, he will be thankful that you were thinking of preventing future embarrassments with a creative way to ensure a good hospital stay. You may just save his life, but not as much as having an extra pair of underpants might.
American Tourister Fieldbrook II Luggage Set
An extended hospital stay can wreak havoc on a patient’s mind. He will likely end up leaving with more things in tow than he had going into the hospital. Let him know that you’ve got him covered when he gets out with the American Tourister Luggage Set‒a well-constructed, lightweight set that will help him roll out of there on discharge day.
DIY Raindrop Cake Molecular Gastronomy Kit
Just because the man in your life is under the weather doesn’t mean he can’t create a masterpiece that combines baking and science. A get well gift idea for men like no other, the Raindrop Cake Molecular Gastronomy Kit was created by the man who invented the Raindrop Cake, made from water, sugar, and a gelatin substitute. Flavor and design are up to the maker. Help him stay creative while he heals.
CRUX® Artisan Series Digital Juice Extractor
Some men don’t require sweet treats or comfortable garments. All he might need, especially while recovering at home, is a quick and easy way to get his fruits and vegetables. The CRUX Juice Extractor will help him get there. Dishwasher safe with a motor that won’t quit, he will be right as rain and in better shape than before his illness or surgery.
Feel Better Tea Gift Box
Tea time is a very personal ritual, many say a healing one. The two teas chosen by you in the Feel Better Tea Gift Box come with a personalized get well message and a tea cup with an accompanying spoon. You can choose from a variety of organic loose teas and offer a thoughtful way in which your ailing guy can recover one delicious cup at a time.
Maybe Swearing Will Help: An Adult Coloring Book
Does the sick man in your life crave a little motivation, a little diversion, and a little laughter? You can offer him all three with Maybe Swearing Will Help: An Adult Coloring Book, an exercise in good humor, sarcasm, and, well, coloring in between the %&#$*@ lines. He can work his way through the boredom and frustration of illness or incapacitation with a book from a friend that understands.
2-in-1 Bluetooth® Kids Safe Headphones
Boys who are stuck in bed, at home, or in the hospital will appreciate a gift that allows them to enjoy the same tech as adults do. These 2-in-1 Bluetooth Kids Safe Headphones provide a volume control that ensures their hearing won’t be impacted by listening to loud music. They can watch their favorite show or movie and listen to their favorite tunes while on the mend.
Zak! Designs Stainless Steel Tumbler
When your friend gets out of the hospital, the last thing you want is to see him still using his hospital-issued, plastic water bottle. Keep him hydrated with his own well-designed, BPA-free stainless steel tumbler that will transport both hot teas and cold water anywhere he has to go.
Rogue River Funny Coffee Mug
The Rogue River mug reads “If You’re Happy And You Know It, Take Your Meds.” Your favorite joker will appreciate the fact that in a sea of corny get well gifts, you choose the right one for him. He will proudly display the mug in his kitchen at home or at work. They say laughter is the best medicine…and they’re wrong. Coffee and sarcasm are.
Yogasleep Dohm Connect & Rohm Travel Bundle
Help your buddy get back to a normal sleeping routine when illness strikes. The Yogasleep Dohm Connect & Rohm Travel Bundle includes a stylish and durable white noise machine with multiple options and sleep settings. Also included is the portable Rohm version, which works wonders if moving from couch to bed or in a private hospital room. Good sleep leads to good health, and you will ensure he gets it here, there, or anywhere.
Tree Of Life Writing Journal
If you know a sick man who is stuck in the hospital or indisposed post surgery, writing is a wonderful and productive way to keep track of doctor’s orders or medications, or just to record his thoughts and feelings about the road ahead. The Tree Of Life Writing Journal is a handsome leather journal that will keep all his thoughts, worries, and stories safe inside until he feels better.
Get Well Soon Funny Soy Candle
If the man you know needs a little something different in an inspirational quote, then this get well soon candle is for him. He will receive a fresh-scented, 100% soy candle with the inscription, “I wish I could take your pain and give it to someone we both really hate.” The funny get well gift lets your loved one know that you are rooting for his healing in your own way.
Nuts And Jerky Gift Basket For Men
For a special man in recovery, you’ve got to offer him something his extreme taste buds can get behind. This Nuts And Jerky Gift Basket For Men comes in a no-nonsense box with the words “Damn, Man” written across the top. Inside, he will find the things he needs: a manly gift assortment of small-batch jerky and nuts, including spicy smoke beef sticks, a whiskey nut mix, and more.
Personalized Men's Custom Gift Robe
Nothing says “feel better, man” like this personalized custom robe. Whether he finds himself in a cold hospital bed or with body aches in his own bed, he will appreciate you thinking of his comfort and his need for style. Having his initials beautifully embroidered on his robe won’t hurt his chances for a quick recovery either.
Turbo Body Bar Scrubbing Soap
Keeping clean can be challenging when a man has no energy, can’t move much due to a cast, or is working his way through a major illness. No flimsy bar of soap will do during times like these. Any man would likely recognize the value in getting clean with the Turbo Body Bar Scrubbing Soap. The Turbo Bar scrubs away impurities and exfoliates at the same time, providing a deep clean for healing.
Leg Injury Funny Get Well Soon T-Shirt
When he doesn’t want to keep telling the same injury story repeatedly, you can provide solace (and laughter) with this funny leg injury t-shirt. Available in both men’s and boy’s sizes, the colorful t-shirt reads “I Do My Own Stunts,” along with the figure of a fellow on crutches. Having a good sense of humor and a great t-shirt can get him through anything.
Mini Fruit & Veggie Windowsill Garden Kit
Is he stuck at home after surgery or during an illness? Bring the outside to him with the Mini Fruit & Veggie Windowsill Garden Kit, which is perfect for beginning gardeners. The kit helps grow strawberries, tomatoes, and peppers right on his windowsill. You can add more seed packs in with the kit to improve his enjoyment or nutrition. A creative way to send your get well wishes to a man in need.
Get Well Gift FAQs
What to Send a Man Who is Recovering From Surgery?
The good news is, you don’t have to overthink it. In the same way you would personalize a gift basket to give to someone who is sick, you can assess what needs this patient has and how your get well gift basket can improve his mood, help the time pass, and inspire him to health. Spine-Health.com reports that entertainment (movies, DVDs), emotional support (photo albums, customized gifts), and general inspiration (a book that empowers) can bring joy and healing to any sick man who is in recovery (1).
How Do I Make a Care Package for a Man?
According to All Gifts Considered, putting together a care package isn’t as daunting as it seems. Whatever the theme, be sure to personalize and tailor the items towards what specific needs he requires. If he needs a little home cooking, pack him some homemade soups. For extra comfort, include a cozy throw blanket or slippers that make him feel at home. If he is bored, include puzzles, a handheld video game, or a good book. He will be back on his feet ASAP (2).
What Do You Get Someone Coming Home From the Hospital?
Remedy Grove states that someone coming home from the hospital would appreciate even a simple get well card containing a store gift card inside. Letting him know you are thinking of him can be half the battle. Additionally, unique ideas that speak to his situation will work wonders. Giving him a mini-fridge next to his bed or hiring a house cleaning service takes care of things that he would rather not (or can’t) focus on right now. Even something so simple as home-cooked meals, sweet treats, or a good pair of headphones will assist towards a speedy recovery (3).
What Do You Send to Someone Who is Terminally Ill?
Nothing is more difficult than attempting to bring comfort to a loved one in some small way during the final stages of life. Americare Hospice and Palliative Care suggest items like digital photo frames so the patient can keep their loved ones nearby. Also, the comforting scent of a candle might relax their mind and enrich their day. Even a religious or spiritual contemplative figure can remind them of their faith. There are a number of great options and you can choose the best one to say, “I love and appreciate you always” (4).
What Do You Say When Someone is In the Hospital?
Whether you are visiting in person or over video/phone, sending a gift, or simply offering a greeting card, Hallmark offers a variety of ideas for your get well message. The ideas vary from get well words for a child, a serious injury, or a terminal illness. There is a time and place for every warm wish and you will be inspired to find yours. Above all, empathy, humor (when appropriate), and kindness all go a long way for those you love (5).